Solved Move backup files from external HDD to new Win 8 laptop

June 22, 2013 at 16:08:50
Specs: Windows 8
I backed up everything on my old laptop to an external hard drive. My new laptop is Windows 8. How do I copy everything saved on the external hard drive to the new laptop?

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June 22, 2013 at 17:35:28
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Was this a manual or automatic backup?

What is the operating system on your old laptop?

Was it just your own files (pictures, docs, sound, videos etc)?
If so they can simply be copy/pasted over, using Ctrl+A keys to copy over complete blocks of files. Other keys can be useful too.

Programs will have to be re-installed.

We need more information to give a useful and detailed answer.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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June 22, 2013 at 22:01:51
Manual backup. Old laptop was Windows Vista. I backed up everything to an external hard drive, and then thought I was copying everything over to the new laptop. I did not realize programs had to be treated separately, so I have a lot of work yet to do. Nevertheless, you have sufficiently answered my question (even though I still have much to do).

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June 23, 2013 at 09:06:52
If you don't require any more info and want to mark this post as Solved then just select Best Answer.

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